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Heated clashes over Israeli policies toward the Palestinians have led to accusations of bigotry at American colleges, including campuses of the University of California. Now the Regents are being asked to adopt the US State Department's definition of anti-Semitism.  Is it a fair standard for discipline or a limitation on free speech? We hear a debate.

Also, anti-oil activists react to this week's spill in Santa Barbara.  

Photo: Casey Premoshis

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb

Spill Clean-up and Public Reaction in Santa Barbara 5 MIN, 9 SEC

One official calls this week's oil spill "a worst-case scenario nightmare" for Santa Barbara, which has been ground zero for environmentalism since the massive oil-derrick blowout of 1969. The US Coast Guard is trying to manage public expectations for cleaning up, but KCRW's Saul Gonzalez has found that activists are impatient.

Photos: Saul Gonzalez

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

Criticism of Israel: When Does Free Speech Become Anti-Semitism 19 MIN, 3 SEC

The so-called BDS movement — to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel — has growing support on college campuses, especially since last year's conflict in Gaza. On all campuses of the University of California there have been verbal clashes. Harsh rhetoric has led to accusations of anti-Semitism, and now a group rabbis, faculty and alumni are making demands on the Board of Regents.

Guests:
David Wolpe, Sinai Temple (@RabbiWolpe)
Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle (@NanetteAsimov)
David Palumbo-Liu, Stanford University (@palumboliu)

More:
US State Department on anti-Semitism
UC President Janet Napolitano on UC and anti-Semitism (NPR’s ‘Here & Now’)
Anti-Semitism (SCR 35)
Asimov on demands for UC action against anti-Semitism on campuses

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